When Boston Police officers tried to stop a van whose driver almost swerved into them on Washington Street just past South Street last night, the van came to a halt and eight men got out and tried to run away, police say.
Some of the men even climbed the roof of the Advance Auto Parts store in what turned out to be a futile attempt to escape, police say.
The incident began around 10:40 p.m. when officers patrolling Washington Street spotted the van plow through a red light at South Street and Firth Road. And then it swerved across the yellow lines right at them, police say. The officers made a quick U-turn, chased the car down and called for reinforcements. They managed to pull the car over in front of the entrance to the commuter-rail parking lot in Roslindale Square.
After a large search through the woods between the stores of Washington Street and homes up on Taft Hill Terrace, police managed to round up all eight of the van's occupants. All - a man from Jamaica Plain, a man from Mattapan, four Boston teenagers and two Randolph juveniles - were charged with using the van, registered to the Randolph school department, without authority. The driver faces additional charges for his bad driving, police say.
After the eight were nabbed, police found a loaded Sierra 6 .22 caliber revolver under a car near where the van stopped, police say.